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The Pianist Grigory Sokolov in the 2008 Strasbourg Recital - 19th and 26th January

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 , ora 9.19

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This is indeed a special event - because we are listening on Radio Romania Music, to an album which is being released world-wide on the same day of its international broadcast. The album was signed by the Russian pianist, Grigory Sokolov, who had not agreed to record another album for almost twenty-three years.

line-height: 150%;">The album comprises the recital which Grigory Sokolov held at the Sazburg Festival in 2008 and which is also included in the ʻVote the Best Classical Album of 2014' Radio Romania Music Campaign. The album comprises two sonatas by Mozart - No.2 and No.12, the twenty-four Preludes by Chopin, together with miniatures by Chopin, Skriabin and Bach.

He is not just any pianist of our present times, but he is considered by many to be ʻthe greatest pianist alive'.

I had not listened to recordings by Sokolov before listening to this album and I have never had the chance to listen to him in a live recital; so, I truly had an epiphany I am hoping to share it with you, without amy further comments.

Grigory Sokolov is certainly a different kind of a pianist, as a Salzburger Nachriten journalis remarked, ʻhis art is continuously expanding towards an intergalactic dimension - he became a universe by himself long ago.'

Sokolov, who will be sixty-five years old this year, is especially known for what he does not do: namely, that he does not play together with the orchestra and he does not play on pianos that are more than five years older; he does not record and does not give interviews. His former album was released in 1992 - he has only given recitals ever since, and even if not many.

Refinement, detail and perfection - a three-word definition of Grigory Sokolov's piano playing art.

The album can be listened to on Radio Romania Music for two weeks: on 19th and on 26th February, starting at 19:00 (the repeats are scheduled on 25th January and 1st February, starting at 13:05).

Cristina Comandașu
Translated by Manuela Cristina Chira and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest